CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands gathered Sunday afternoon to watch approximately 35,000 rubber ducks race along the main channel at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The 14th-annual Hope Floats Duck Race was held to give hope to bereaved parents and grieving children.

The event raised over $200,000 and a record crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 people attended Sunday's race.

NBC Charlotte's own Larry Sprinkle was there to emcee the race as folks of all ages cheered on their favorite rubber ducks.

KinderMourn, the Charlotte-based group that organized the event, offers counseling programs to grieving family members. The group also works to spread awareness of bereavement issues and form a community that embraces those who have faced a tragic loss, according to their website.

Those interested in helping KinderMourn's programs can click here for more information.